MIDDLESEX COUNTY – State Senator Barbara Buono announced plans to run for governor today, and released a YouTube video explaining her decision.
“We have a property tax crisis, with middle class families hit by a 20 percent tax hike…all while the Governor pushes income tax cuts for millionaires. We need a tax policy that supports strong middle class neighborhoods…not one that drives families away,” Buono says. ” I have the experience as Senate Budget Chair of cutting $4.5 billion in spending — to close the deficit while protecting education and health care. I’ve fought for property tax relief, clean energy jobs, and retirement security.”
Buono promised not to “run a conventional campaign” and hopes that the support of “folks at grocery stores and train stations” will make up for absence of backing from political bosses and party leaders.
The Metuchen Democrat is making her first run at a statewide office.
Buono, 59, was born in Newark. She graduated from Montclair State College and Rutgers Law School and began her career as a judicial law clerk and public defender for the New Jersey Department of the State Public Advocate. After a stint in the private sector, Buono was elected in 1992 to the Metuchen Borough Council. She also served as Metuchen Police Commissioner.
Buono served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1994-2001, and has served in the State Senate since 2002.
Buono is married to Dr. Martin Gizzi. They have six children.
Last week, Middlesex County Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the chairman of the state Democratic Party, announced that he would not challenge Gov. Chris Christie in 2013.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is the highest-profile Democrat believed to be considering a run for the governor’s office, but he has not announced his plans yet.
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